good photographs... Just the kind of pictures I admire.”
Suschitzky, photographer, cinemaphotographer.
an astute eye must be one of the prerequisites of a photographer's
armoury but it's surprisingly rare. Alex's photographs however
are riddled with that quality and also convey a sense of humour
which is difficult to achieve at will.
His range of subjects speak of secret worlds of nooks and crannies
and a wider and more public face where his subjects never fail
to provide the quirks and nuances that he portrays so well."
Bell, black and white printer.
Brattell's photographs, like the barking of the dog in the darkness,
draw our attention to what might be there, and alert us to the
fact that what we see is simply what we see, not the totality
of what exists."
Kantas, photography theorist.
work expands awareness to the things not usually seen, in ways
not usually perceived."
Brattell’s photographs are like half-written stories, perfectly
poised between a before and after, that ask the viewer to fill
in the gaps. They were inspirational material for our poets to
create poems with”
George Palmer, Apples
Saccades. Solaris, St Leonards On Sea. October 2017. A-Space Gallery, East Sussex College Hastings, November 2018.
Sun Does Not Move. Conquest
Hospital Hastings. Sept - Nov 2012. Eastbourne District Hospital.
Dec 2012 - Feb 2013.
Tulpa. Marina Post Office Tearooms. St. Leonards On Sea. October - November
2010. Part of On
The Map / BPF2010.
The Edge Of England. McCarrons, St Leonards On Sea, East
Sussex, November 2009.
Word On The Street. Royal London Hospital, Whitechapel. October
2004 - January 2005.
19Hz. The Spitz Bistro, London E1. October 2004.
Antinomy. The Rivington Gallery, London EC2. 2003. The Fashion Space Gallery,
London College of Fashion, 2003.
of Desire. The Space, London. June - July 2003.
Spectacle. The Eye Company, London. 2002.
Last Minute. The Alex public house, Victoria Park London. 2002.
Recent Photographs. The Alex public house, London. 2002.
britart.com. Foyer exhibition, London. 2000.
Paul Mark Hatton Jewellery. London. 2000.
and Spirits. The Clerks House, Shoreditch. 1999.
Freuds Cafe Gallery. London W1. 1992.
Brattell In Poland. Polish Social & Cultural Association
Gallery, London W6. 1990.
Premonitions. Zuzushii Art Laboratory Hastings, August 2020.
Hastings Open 2020. Hastings Museum & Art Gallery. August 2020-January
Functional/Dysfunctional. Zuzushii Art Laboratory Hastings, February-March 2020.
Self Comes To Mind. Electro Studios Project Space, September 2018. Part of Coastal Currents 2018.
Coastal Currents Arts Fair. Hastings UK, September 2018.
Sea Road. Electro Studios Project Space, September 2017. Part of PhotoHastings 2017, Coastal Currents 2017.
Blood Lake/Still Point/Dark Matter. St Mary in the Castle Hastings, November 2016. PhotoHastings 2016.
Beyond The Edge. South Downs Heritage Centre, East Sussex. October 2016. Brighton Photo Fringe 2016.
Summer Show 2016. Lucy Bell Fine Art, St Leonards On Sea. August 2016.
Chaostrophy. Ludwig, Berlin. June, July 2016.
Never Dark. The Observer Building Gallery, Hastings. November 2015. PhotoHastings 2015.
Pin-Ups: A Sense of Place. The Observer Building Gallery, Hastings. October 2015. PhotoHastings 2015.
Point Of Decay. Bottle Alley Hastings. Curated by Zeroh for Coastal Currents. September 2015.
Vantage Point: Collectives' Hub. October, November 2014. Brighton
Photo Fringe 2014.
Virtuoso. St Mary In The Castle Hastings. October, November
Underexposed. The Garage, St Leonards On Sea. October 2014. PhotoHastings
This One's For You. Lucy
Bell Fine Art. December 2013.
Photo Fringe 2013. One Cafe, St Leonards On Sea. November
Interim Show. Photo
hub group. Hastings Arts Forum. Brighton Photo Fringe 2013. October-November 2013.
Strarta Art Fair.
Pure Art Space.Saatchi Gallery London, October 2013.
Hospital Hastings. September-November
Post A Postcard. Kave Gallery, St Leonards On Sea, August-September
Art. April 2013.
Who Do You Think You Are? Lucy
Bell Fine Art. March-April 2013.
Holiday Heaven/Holiday Hell. The
Tent Gallery. January 2013.
Pop Up Flowers/Yuletide Show. The
Kave Gallery St Leonards On Sea. December 2012-January 2013.
Photo Biennal 2012 Photobook Show. Jubilee Library Brighton.
Off The Wall. Margate Harbour Arm Gallery. October 2012.
Hastings. Hastings Museum & Art Gallery. September 2012-January
2013. Funded by Arts Council England.
Christmas Exhibition. Lucy
Bell Fine Art. December
Interim Projects Show. Photo
hub group. Hastings Arts Forum. October 2011. Funded by Arts
Print Open 2011. The Pie Factory, Margate. October 2011.
Studios Margate. Part of Pushing
Print Fringe. October 2011. Funded by Arts Council England.
Cafe & Gallery, London Road St. Leonards On Sea. Part of Coastal
Currents 2011. September 2011.
Gallery Photographers Exhibition. Lucy Bell Fine Art. July, August 2011.
Fillet 08/10. F-ISH gallery. Lens based works taken from the first two years of programming. February 2011.
They’re Not Laughing Now. F-ISH gallery Hastings. Exhibitor & curator. October 2010.
Summer Exhibition 2010. Lucy Bell Fine Art Photography, St Leonards On Sea. August 2010.
Photos With Words. PhotoPlace Gallery. Vermont Photography Workplace USA. July 2010.
IPG’s Greatest Hits. The Independent Photographers Gallery Battle, December 2009.
Indian Summer. Hastings Museum & Art Gallery, September 2009.
Conversations...From The Edge. Photo Hub Group, St Mary In The Castle Hastings, September 2009.
Jack In The Green. Hastings Arts Forum, St. Leonards on Sea. May 2008, 2009, 2010.
Shadowlands. South Coast Artists. Arts Forum, St. Leonards on Sea, March 2008.
Spirit Of The Season. The Independent Photographers Gallery, Battle, Dec 2007 - Jan 2008.
Regeneration. SoCo Gallery, Hastings, March 2007.
Seaside. Conquest Hospital, Hastings, August - November 2006.
South Coast Artists Spring Show. SoCo Gallery Hastings, May 2006.
Landscape Through The Lens. SoCo Gallery Hastings, January 2006.
War! The Rivington Gallery, London. June 2003.
Looking at London. The Princes Foundation, London. 2002.
London College of Fashion Faculty Show. London W1, 2001.
Cordwainers College Faculty Exhibitions. 1997, 1998, 1999.
Spitalfields, A Last Lingering Look. The Clerks House, Shoreditch. 1999..
Smalls. The Clerks House, Shoreditch, 1998.
Camerawork Open Exhibition. London E2, 1990.
Marx & The City. Projections for symposium. Arcadia University London campus. November 2018.
Silverhill Press Launch Event. Talk & Exhibition. Publication of Two Lampposts. The Printworks Hastings. October 2018.
PechaKucha Night 20x20. De La Warr Pavilion, East Sussex UK, September 2018.
Conversation With Allan Grainger and Gabrielle Farah. A Sense
Of Place. Lucy
Bell Fine Art. May 2014.
The Curated Ego: What Makes a Good Selfie?. National Portrait
Gallery London. January 2014.
Are Brighton Photo Fringe. 10th Anniversary event. Phoenix
Brighton. November 2013.
Ordinary/Everyday/Quotidian conference. University of York Centre for Modern Studies. September
Voyager. Film, Video and Digital Media Arts Festival, Medway,
Kent UK. November 2012.
Process Works. Open Studio event with four contemporary jewellers for Coastal
Currents September 2012.
of Brighton Media Enterprise Centre. The
Big Photography Debate. Chair. August 2011.
Electric Palace, Hastings. Screening of "Lampshade
Making In Ontario". May 2011.
Audio Poetry Competition. Rich Mix Centre London E1. Projection of photographs. May 2011.
Documentary Festival. "The
Invisible City", April
Corners. London E2. Photoforum. Speaker, 2004.
Lucy Bell Fine
& Education: Selected Projects & EventsPhotology. Talks & discussion about photography. Hastings, 2012-present.
A Town Explores A Book: The Time Machine. Southwater Centre, St Leonards on Sea. April 2020.
Hastings Museum & Art Gallery Young Curators Programme 2018- 2019. Working with the Museum's glass negative collection.
A Mirror Bending Time. Animation workshop for artists. Blue Monkey Network, Towner Gallery Eastbourne. May 2017.
Re Birth. Exhibition of work by Rye Studio School photography students for Rye Arts Festival 2016.
Page Break Festival Hastings. Photogram & pinhole portrait workshop. September 2016.
photography in Hastings & East Sussex”. News
& resources. Founder & editor 2009-2014.
(PhotoHastings has now become an annual international photography
festival produced by Photo hub group, now also renamed PhotoHastings). PhotoHastings & Photo hub group. Committee member. 2010-present.
Award Adviser. 2014-present.
Darkroom. Community darkroom & education space. Co-founder &
co-director, Silverhill Darkroom CIC. 2012-16.
Photography workshop for Egerton Park funded by Rother District
Council, De La Warr Studio Bexhill. October 2013.
Artist and Practitioner Pool 2011 - present. Working with the Gallery's education
and outreach programmes.
Big Draw October 2011, BBC:
Your Paintings February 2013, Pathways
photography Autumn 2013.
Gallery. Jerwood Schools Project
2012-13. Working with local schools as part of the Prince's
Foundation for Children and the Arts START
La Warr Pavilion. Young
Photographers. A summer school for 8-12 year olds. August 2011.
La Warr Pavilion. Exhibitions
Interpretation Team 2010-11. Creating events to accompany The
Pavilion’s exhibitions. See the DLWP Thinking
On Arrival. Helenswood
Partnerships. A "Change School" project with Yr7 pupils.
Support. Fundraising exhibition with photography students
from Sussex Coast College. May/June 2011.
Rooms: Robert Mapplethorpe. Towner
Gallery Eastbourne. Workshops with Willingdon Community
School in conjunction with the exhibition creating content for the
launch of the Towner youth community website. Sept/Oct 2010.
and Visions. University
of Brighton School of Education Centenary Conference. Workshop
leader. September 2010.
Helenswood Newsroom. Helenswood
Partnerships. Working with Yr 9
students to create The Helenswood Reporter,
a printed & online newspaper. With journalist Jane
Hughes & designers Playne
Design. June 2010. A Creative Partnerships project.
This Point On. Hastings
Arts Forum, St. Leonards On Sea. NCFE certificate (photography)
final exhibition. Sussex Coast College Hastings, May 2010.
The Dark Monarch. Towner
Gallery Eastbourne. Workshops (video, photography) and gallery
tour to accompany the Tate exhibition “The Dark Monarch. Magic
and Modernity in British Art”. 2010.
Conference for Art & Design in Primary & Special Schools
Sussex & Brighton & Hove Councils. Speaker.
For The Future. Workshops in East Sussex schools. Directed by Rachael
Roser. Supported by the Shackleton
Our Way 2. De La Warr Pavilion/Creative Partnerships. A
project in eight Bexhill primary schools to create an educational
toolkit and an exhibition for the De La Warr Pavilion. Supported
by the Paul Hamlyn
Zoom Group. White Rock Theatre
Gallery, Hastings. National Diploma in Photography final exhibition.
Hastings College 2006.
Lea Rivers Trust. Community workshops
and photographic competition leading to touring exhibition and postcards.
2003 & 2006.
Productions. Photography of theatre projects in Tower
Hamlets secondary schools. 2005, 2006.
Jerwood Charity. Jerwood Prison
and Community Art Award 2004. Member, judging panel.
Community TV Trust. Photographic
workshops in primary & secondary schools in Southwark, enabling
students to produce their own content for the Southwark.TV website. 2003, 2004.
Groundwork Southwark. Photographic
workshops at Poet’s Corner Estate, Camberwell Green using
disposable cameras and leading to an exhibition as part of Black
History Month 2003.
Big Arts Week. “Captions
That Rhyme” Stepney Greencoat Primary School 2002. Large format
Polaroids, scanned and projected, of children dressed as characters
from the rhymes that they had written.
Resonant Frequencies. Whitechapel
Gallery foyer exhibition of monochrome photographs. Sponsored by
Keyphoto. Cordwainers College, 1999.
Dreams Made Flesh. Whitechapel
Gallery foyer exhibition of toy camera images. Sponsored by Ilford.
Cordwainers College, 1998.
Salle des Fetes, Suresnes, France. Photography exhibition in Hackney’s twin town. Cordwainers
Hackney Visual Artists Mentoring scheme. Mentor. 1997.
1986 - present. Self-employed photographer working mainly in the arts & hospitality. Exhibiting and selling prints, primarily from darkroom
based art practice. Working to commission for national newspapers (including
The Sunday Telegraph over a 14 year period under picture editor
Nigel Skelsey), magazines, agencies, artists & craftspeople.
2012 - present. Visiting Lecturer in Photography, Arcadia
University London Study Center.
2006 - present. Part time lecturer in photography, University Centre Hastings. Sussex
Coast College (previously Hastings College). BA (Hons) Visual Communication: Photography 2017-present. Teaching analogue &
digital practice, culture & theory. HND Photography 2012-2018, adult
courses, ND 2007-12, A level photography & graphics 2010-12.
Course Leader, National Diploma Photography 2006-7.
2006 - 2007. Part time tutor, Bexhill College, East Sussex.
AS, A2 photography & graphics.
2000 - 2005. Associate lecturer in photography at The London
College of Fashion, University of the Arts, working with Foundation
& foreign exchange students. Teaching analogue & digital
photography, Photoshop. Group tutor.
1996 - 2000. Visiting tutor, part time, in photography
at Cordwainers College Hackney. Working mainly in the art &
design department with Foundation, BTEC and GAD students.
1995 - 1996. Photographer, writer and co-editor, ON
Student, BTEC Creative Computing (digital arts), Tower Hamlets College.
1984 - 1985. Junior Photographer, Dawson Strange Photography,
Cobham, Surrey - supporting a team of three specialist photographers
(social, commercial location and commercial studio).
1983. Social photographer and colour printer, Photoworld
Monaco. Photographing and printing portraits and conference pictures
for conventions, business and social events.
1981 - 1982. Photographer and writer for Breakout, an independent
monthly art and culture magazine, Liverpool.